and as we have been on our break, i crisscross my district during that time, and also when i'm at home every weekend, going through factories and talking to businesses across the region and also the people that work there. and, you know, i'm finding, you know, folks are out there in the business sector, especially in these factories, they can't shed any more jobs. they shed any more jobs, they're not going to be operating. a lot of them are hanging on by their fingernails now. there have been pay cuts that people have taken. they have reduced the number of hours that they're working for a week. and so it is a very, very tough time. and when we have been doing this, one of the -- going across the district, one thuing i woul like to ask, on your testimony on page one, you say that, you know, the consumer spending has been relatively flat and consumer sentiment has improved. it says in the coming months, household spending power will be boosted by the fiscal stimulus program.